During a press event in Berlin earlier today, the Netflix streaming service unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming series G.L.O.W., which reveals that the show will be coming to Netflix Friday, June 23. The trailer showcases just a few of the colorful characters that will inhabit this unique world of a women's pro wrestling league. While these characters may seem larger than life and stranger than fiction, the show is actually based on a the first ever women's pro wrestling league.
Set in 1985 Los Angeles, G.L.O.W. follows Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling out-of-work actress as she auditions for, trains and eventually makes the first-ever women's wrestling TV show. Inspired by the real story of the 1980's female wrestling league, set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, this journey follows one actress' last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. It remains to be seen if any of the real wrestlers from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.) will be appearing in the Netflix comedic drama.
The cast also includes Alex Rich as Florian, Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan, Britney Young as Carmen Wade, Britt Baron as Justine, Chris Lowell as Sebastian "Bash" Howard, Ellen Wong as Jenny, Gayle Rankin as Sheila the She Wolf, Jackie Tohn as Melrose, Kate Nash as Rhonda, Kia Stevens as Tammé, Kimmy Gatewood as Stacey, Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, Rebekka Johnson as Dawn, Sunita Mani as Arthie and Sydelle Noel as Cherry Bang. Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black) and Tara Herrmann (Orange is the New Black) are executive producers of G.L.O.W.. The series was co-created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black), who will serve as showrunners.
The real-life wrestling series G.L.O.W. ran for four seasons between 1986 and 1989, based in Las Vegas, which featured wrestling matches along with sketches and songs. Unlike the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and other wrestling shows of its time, which would run weekly televised wrestling events, there were actual seasons of G.L.O.W., with each season spanning 26 episodes, for a total of 104 episodes produced throughout the four-year run. The show was revived in 2001 by the Riviera Hotel & Casino, where the original show was filmed, and it also spawned other female wrestling shows such as Powerful Women of Wrestling, Ladies Sports Club and Women of Wrestling, which was revived in 2013.
While the original pro wrestling show certainly found a fan base throughout the mid-1980s, it's possible that this series could revive interest in a female wrestling league. The Women of Wrestling league currently airs on its own YouTube channel, with World Wrestling Entertainment now boasting a strong women's division as well. Take a look at the first trailer for G.L.O.W., to get ready for some wrestling action this summer on Netflix.